Neither party has done a thing for poor people or working people since then. Is Trump’s formula for working people going to work? I have no idea. Trump wasn’t my first choice in the primary, or my second or my third. Personally, I don’t think he has an ideology at all. I just hope his supporters force him, if it takes that, to do more things like reinstating the Mexico City accords and letting the Little Sisters of the Poor off the hook, both of which he did. So I’m cautiously optimistic; not that he’ll somehow become a paragon of virtue, which I doubt, but that his supporters will make him undo some of the pro-abortion policies of the past administration.
So I never became a Republican. My wife and I just drifted away. At a class reunion later, I found that virtually all of my classmates had also abandoned the party. And it was always for the same reason.
I’m not proselytizing you for the Repubs here. As I said, I never joined that party. I’m just me now. I don’t encourage anybody to be a partisan nowadays. I just try to figure out who’s prolife, who’s pro-working people, who cares at least a little about the really needy in this society. And that’s who I support, but prolife is number one.
Would I have abandoned the party if it had continued to support the poor ad working people but had protection of abortion on demand in its platform? I can’t say for sure, but I don’t much think so.
Obviously, then, I’m not a good resource for justifying party loyalty. But I’ll add this. I have long thought that a series of resounding defeats based on its abortion policy might undo the Dem party’s single wedded devotion to abortion on demand and cause it to look back to its heritage for new policies. I don’t think the last election is enough to do it. But it might be a start.